DC vs RR: They last reached the playoffs in 2012 and since then, they’ve always struggled to make it to the top 4. Talented of course, but the knockout punch was missing. Cut to 2019, the franchise changes its name, the fortunes change & how. The Delhi franchise have made it to the top 4 with a game to spare. What have they done right this year? The youngsters have been on fire for the Capitals. Kagiso Rabada’s contribution has been immense. 25 wickets in 12 games. But the pacer has been withdrawn from the rest of the series. The World Cup is around the corner & the Proteas wouldn’t risk their premier pacer for the pompous league. They’ve got Trent Boult & he isn’t bad at all.
Prithvi Shaw, Shikhar Dhawan, Rishab Pant & Shreyas Iyer have all stepped struck them big & struck them clean. While their away record has been phenomenal, Delhi have a 50% record at home this season. They’ve got one game left & would certainly like to finish on a high. How high? Depends on how MI & CSK finish.
RR CAN STILL MAKE IT THROUGH
Rajasthan Royals have had a journey of sorts this season. Their start was abysmal but they’ve somehow managed to sneak in & compete for a spot in the top 4. In their last 7 games, RR were able to garner 9 points. Before that, they could only manage 1 win in 6 games. It all seems too simple now. What if they’d won a couple of games at the start. Well, that’s the Indian Premier League for you. Varun Aaron has added a new dimension to the bowling attack. Riyan Parag seems fearless, Ajinkya Rahane has discovered his apparently lost rhythm & captain Steve Smith can’t put a foot wrong. Smith has returned to Australia & Rahane is likely to lead RR again.
Can RR still make it to the playoffs? They’ve got to win this contest & hope the other results go their way. Had you told Steve Smith & the RR think tank if they’d be content with where they are now, a vertical nod of the head is what you’d get.
WHEN: 4th May 2019, Saturday
WHERE: Feroz Shah Kotla, Delhi
KICKOFF TIME: 4:00 PM IST
The teams have met 19 times in the Indian Premier League with RR leading by 11 games to 9. Ajinkya Rahane smashed 105* in the first leg but that wasn’t enough to contain the Delhi boys. Rishab Pant smashed a 36-ball 78 to take his team through. At the Kotla, where the boundary lengths are an absolute joke, the bulky willows will be in readiness to smash the leather off the ball.
|STATS AT THE KOTLA|
|Games Won Batting 1st||32|
|Games Won Batting 2nd||35|
|Average 1st innings score||163|
|Highest Total Recorded||231/4 by DC vs KXIP|
|Lowest Score||60/10 by DC vs MI|
Out of the 6 games played this year at the Kotla, 4 times the team batting 2nd have earned 2 points. Delhi have a strong batting unit & they wouldn’t mind chasing. RR have won all 5 games batting 2nd. Not hard to guess, what they’d like to do if they win the toss.
Trent Boult played the previous game & is likely to lead the bowling attack.
Steve Smith’s absence will mean Rahane will lead the Royal unit.
EXPECTED PLAYING XI
Prithvi Shaw, Shikhar Dhawan, Shreyas Iyer(c), Rishabh Pant(w), Colin Ingram/Hanuma Vihari, Sherfane Rutherford, Axar Patel, Chris Morris, Jagadeesha Suchith, Amit Mishra, Trent Boult
Ajinkya Rahane(c), Liam Livingstone, Sanju Samson (wk), Ashton Turner, Riyan Parag, Stuart Binny, Mahipal Lomror, Shreyas Gopal, Jaydev Unadkat/Ish Sodhi, Varun Aaron, Oshane Thomas
FANFIGHT FANTASY CRICKET TEAM FOR DC vs RR
Oshane Thomas has been a revelation for RR. He’s got the best average, best strike-rate & the best economy-rate among the Royal pacers this year.
Shreyas Gopal has picked 18 wickets this season(the 4th highest this season).
Shikhar Dhawan & Shreyas Iyer have scored over 400 runs this year. 470 & 427 runs respectively. Ajinkya Rahane has escalated his run-making form. He’s on 391 at 35.54.
Rishab Pant’s strike-rate this year is an astonishing 161.11. Can RR stop this dashing youngster?
Rahane averages 85.57 against DC & Pant averages 83.50 against the Rajasthani lads.
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Match Timings – 20:00 IST
Prediction: The prediction is for RR to win the match.
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